Black Belt Testing Results
3 STUDENTS EARN NEW RANK!
On Saturday, September 18, 2021 three students tested for black belt ranks before Grandmaster Crandall and a panel of Master Instructors, 6th degree and 5th degree black belt instructors. Grandmaster Crandall is pleased to announce that all three individuals have passed, and he presented them with their new ranks. Next weekend, on September 25th these students will be recognized at our Ceremonial Black Belt Brunch, where they will receive their certificates.
Black belt is a prestigious rank, one recognized around the world. In the American Eagle Style, there are ten black belt ranks called degrees or Dan. Only the head of the school may hold the rank of 10th Dan, and this person determines its direction and certifies its instructors. For the American Martial Arts Institute, this is Grandmaster Crandall. Prior to earning 1st Degree black belt there are 8 gyups (belt ranks) that must first be earned. All students begin as white belts and test for each rank, maturing in the style through its traditional process. On average, it can take a student 5 to 8 years to earn the rank for 1st Dan (although it can be longer), with the minimum length between each rank being 6 months. Once an individual has earned 1st Dan, the length time between ranks can vary from 2-4 years being very normal. Again, it can be longer.
One student tested for junior rank black belt; one student tested for adult rank 1st degree black belt, and one student (who is also one of our instructors) tested for 3rd degree black belt. All of the students had to complete a rigorous written exam testing their knowledge of our style and school. The candidates for first degree had to know and be able to perform the eight pal-gwes, chugli 1, eye of the eagle, and ki-chos 1-3. In addition the candidate for adult status had to demonstrate the form Old Koryo. The candidate for 3rd Dan had to demonstrate the katas: Bassai Dai, Taebaek, Chulgi 3, Heian 2, Chip Jang, and American Eagle. In addition to the katas candidates had to perform self defense, seiza waza, standing waza, ippon kumites, hanza escape techniques, sparring, multiple partner sparring, extension tool katas, board breaks, and much more. The candidate for 3rd dan also had to demonstrate self defense against a rifle, seated self defense, multiple extension tools, and more.
The candidates are also familiar with our school's publications including: American Eagle Style Textbook, American Eagle Style Self Defense Volume 1 DVD, Be Safe Mentally and Physically with the Crandall System, Leadership Piece by Piece, Superkick Workbook, Moving Beyond Disabilities, Women's Self Defense in a Changing World, and others.
The candidates for 1st dan had to write a paper and complete other pre-requisites to qualify to be considered for testing.
Skyler Stiles - 1st Degree Black Belt (Junior Rank Status)
Isaiah Handy - 1st Degree Black Belt (Adult Status)
Matthew Strachen - 3rd Degree Black Belt